UCP-OC Life Without Limits Gala

United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County (UCP-OC) raised an estimated $450K at their annual Life Without Limits fundraising gala on April 22 at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach. Over 310 attendees helped to honor Dr. Jennifer Simpson and Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian while raising funds for 5,639 local children and families affected by cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome and developmental delays. Event co-chairs were Jim Corbett, philanthropist, Kim Letch, Ernst & Young, LLP and Laura Meier, Meier Law Firm.

Guests were greeted by UCP-OC’s child ambassadors and families as they arrived at the black-tie event with a circus theme. An elegant silent auction and cocktail party was followed by dinner, live auction and awards program. UCP-OC’s CEO Deborah Levy and emcee/auctioneer Jim Nye welcomed guests into the main ballroom where the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ theme continued in the main ballroom with a dramatic silk aerialist performance. Several luxury live auction packages were auctioned and the fund-a-need raised an additional $73,900.

Dr. Jennifer Simpson received the Individual Impact Award to a standing ovation. As Professor of Ophthalmology at the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, University of California, Irvine and a practicing pediatric ophthalmologist, Dr. Simpson has served as a member of UCP-OC’s Pediatric Medical Advisory Board since 2010 and has a longstanding collaborative relationship with the organization.

Marcy Brown, Vice President, Hoag Hospital Irvine and Ambulatory Services accepted the Community Impact Award on behalf of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. Hoag has long supported UCP-OC as they serve families of infants who require highly specialized care through their level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Hoag’s relationship with UCP-OC ensures that NICU discharged infants and their families have access to necessary follow-up care from infancy through young adulthood.

The event concluded with dancing to the live music of The California Band and major event sponsors included David E.I. Pyott Foundation, Argyros Family Foundation, Horowitz Group and loanDepot.

For more information about the gala or UCP-OC, call 949.333.6401 or visit http://www.ucp-oc.org/gala. Click the links below to watch our honoree videos!

Individual Impact Honoree – Dr. Jennifer Simpson

Community Impact Honoree – Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian

Life Without Limits Gala Album

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Volunteer Spotlight – Meet Helen!

We are lucky to have some of the most amazing volunteers here at UCP-OC. Meet Helen!

How did you find/start with UCP-OC?

I live in Irvine and noticed the “Life Without Limits” building while giving my younger brother rides. The compelling name caused me to google it when I got home and discovered it was a therapy center. I had been looking to volunteer with children and learn more about different types of services and found this would be a great place.

What is your favorite memory at UCP-OC? 

Probably every time I see the little participants of Talk, Play, Learn Group having a blast.

What have you learned from volunteering at UCP-OC? 

I have gained insight into the interdisciplinary approaches to treatment, observed how learning is facilitated through functional play, and discovered a variety of equipment and stimuli that work to target different sensory and motor skills.

What advice would you have to give to new volunteers, or folks who are interested in volunteering with UCP-OC?

It may be overwhelming at first but don’t be afraid to ask questions– the therapists are kind and willing to help. Be open to immerse yourself in more than one type of therapy because it’s cool to see how they all work in different ways to build upon a child’s progress.  I highly recommend volunteering with UCP-OC!